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What are the symptoms of pectus excavatum?

The primary symptom of pectus excavatum is a sunken area in the middle of the chest. Other signs can include a displaced breastbone (usually to the right), scoliosis, chest pain, and a characteristic slouching posture. In more severe cases, there is pain and difficulty in physical exertion and exercise. However, many people with pectus excavatum have no symptoms and lead a normal life.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 16 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Cleft lip and palate

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